By “moving gift” as you will see, I mean “gift to help with my upcoming move” although it was such a gratifying surprise that it qualifies as emotionally moving too.
A long-standing donor to Naked Capitalism read our post about leaving New York City and volunteered to help. This is how the correspondence started:
Donor: Good luck with the move! If I can be of any help, please let me know!
Nice thoughts are, well, nice but I have a ton of stuff to sort through, and it seemed extraordinarily unlikely that Mr. Donor was offering to help me sort out which things of mine really ought to go. So I sent a message back expressing my gratitude for his willingness to assist but added that the sort of help I needed was below his pay grade.
Mr. Donor wrote again, saying he knew well how awful moves were and his offer stood.
Still not sure exactly how Mr. Donor might help, and in particular not sure if he meant money, (it would be horribly crass to assume that and be wrong), I told him a bit more about my situation.
And he then made a very generous financial offer!!! And he’d already made a meaty donation via the Tip Jar a few days back.
Needless to say, having this support will make a big big difference. It means I’ll be able to hire the various helpers I need (most important, a moving concierge) as well as cover the unexpected costs that keep popping up like finding out I have to move my corporation from New York to Alabama, which means I’ll have to hire a lawyer in Alabama to merge my New York corporation into an Alabama corp (as ridiculously complicated as that sounds, it’s the least disruptive way to do what I need done. If any Alabama readers know a lawyer they’d recommend, particularly one who be so kind as to not charge a New Yorker price, I am all ears).
Even though there is still a lot I will have to do myself, this gift will allow me to lay off as much as I conceivably can, which in turn will minimize how much time I spend away from the site.
So a big round of applause for our generous benefactor!